BREWER, Maine (AP) — Maine is holding a final public hearing on plans to cut Maine’s lucrative glass eel catch.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources meeting scheduled for Tuesday was supposed to take place last week but was rescheduled due to bad weather. It’s taking place at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.
Elvers, as the baby eels are known, are caught in Maine rivers and exported to Asia. They’ve come under scrutiny since prices ballooned to $2,000 and more per pound.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission delayed taking action on new regulations that would go into effect this year. It said the fishery would be allowed to remain open as long as state officials come up with a plan to reduce this year by at least 25 percent to 40 percent.